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Minnesota House approves $1.9 billion tax cuts, public works borrowing bill, 100-34

BY: - October 14, 2020

Democrats in the Minnesota House loaded up a major public works bill with projects in more than a dozen Republican districts in hopes of securing at least six GOP votes needed Wednesday to pass a $1.9 billion package of tax cuts and public works borrowing.  In the end, they secured 25 before adjourning sine die, […]

Minneapolis looks to create sweeping truth and reconciliation commission to confront centuries of racism

BY: - October 14, 2020

Minneapolis could be among the first major American cities to create a so-called truth and reconciliation commission — like the one made famous in post-apartheid South Africa — to document the city’s racist history and address its enduring inequities. City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins introduced the proposal in a committee on Wednesday with all […]

Minnesota House set to debate, vote on $1.9 billion tax and public works borrowing bill

BY: - October 14, 2020

The Minnesota House is set to debate and vote on a $1.9 billion package of tax cuts and public works borrowing, long delayed after months of protracted negotiations. The legislative package is intended to boost the ailing economy by cutting some taxes and creating construction jobs, even as the state faces an ever widening budget […]

Minnesota has nation’s second-lowest child obesity rate

BY: - October 14, 2020

Minnesota has the nation’s second-lowest child obesity rate, according to a report published Wednesday by a national health advocacy organization. Just over 9% of children ages 10-17 in Minnesota were obese in 2018, well below the national rate of 15.5%, according to the rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic group. Tracking obesity […]

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)

Two Emmer campaign staffers test positive for COVID-19

BY: - October 13, 2020

A pair of campaign workers for U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer tested positive for COVID-19, a campaign spokesperson told the Star Tribune on Monday.  The staffers, who are not in leadership roles, have been in quarantine since early last week after displaying symptoms, said spokesman Zach Freimark. When asked about the coronavirus cases, Emmer’s office referred […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) delivers remarks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Sept. 28, 2018.

Klobuchar questions Supreme Court nominee Barrett on rolling back abortion rights

BY: - October 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar pressed Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday about why she doesn’t classify the landmark case that allows pregnant women to choose to have an abortion as “super precedent,” meaning Roe v. Wade would never be overturned. Barrett told the Minnesota Democrat that scholars have noted that even though Roe v. Wade isn’t […]

Watchdog Files Complaint Against Hagedorn Over Campaign Office

BY: - October 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — A Democratic aligned campaign finance watchdog group filed a complaint against Rep. Jim Hagedorn with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, accusing the first-term Republican of getting free or below-market-value office rent and lying to cover it up. The complaint from End Citizens United, which asked the FEC to investigate and sanction the […]

Minnesota reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases; active cases at record high

BY: - October 13, 2020

More than 114,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,151 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 1,150 new cases and seven deaths. For the past week, the state has reported an average of at least 1,000 new cases daily, with the seven-day average of active cases […]

Amazon workers plan Prime Day protest at Shakopee warehouse over COVID-19 concerns

BY: - October 13, 2020

Some workers at Amazon’s Shakopee warehouse plan to hold a protest on Wednesday — during the retail giant’s “Prime Day” sales event — for failing to adequately protect them from COVID-19 and allegedly retaliating against employees who’ve raised concerns. Since March, some 225 of Amazon’s workers in Shakopee have tested positive for the coronavirus, according […]

Minn. Gov. Tim Walz announces saliva testing sites amid rise in COVID-19 cases

BY: - October 13, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday announced an expanded COVID-19 testing plan, opening new saliva testing sites and a pilot mail order program to help health officials track the spread of the virus.  The new sites will offer free saliva tests to any Minnesotan who believes they need to be tested, according to a news release […]

GOP lawmaker rebuked for removing mask during House floor debate

BY: - October 12, 2020

Lawmakers returned to St. Paul Monday for their fifth special legislative session since May, and, much like before, they were mostly consumed with talk and partisan symbolism.  Gov. Tim Walz called the lawmakers back to St. Paul after he issued another 30-day extension of his peacetime emergency declaration because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The partisan […]

Nearly one in three Minnesota teachers considering quitting their jobs, survey says

BY: - October 12, 2020

Nearly one in three Minnesota teachers are considering quitting their jobs or retiring, according to a survey by Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers union. The survey of more than 9,700 educators comes about a month into a school year like no other as teachers, students and parents navigate distance learning, in-person classes or a combination […]